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Hernando school district to partner with county on sales tax

BY GEOFF FOX
Tribune staff

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BROOKSVILLE — In a 3-2 vote, the Hernando County School Board on Tuesday agreed to partner with Hernando County in promoting the so-called Penny For Progress one-cent sales tax increase.

The school board also considered pushing for the extension of a half-cent sales tax due to sunset this year, a move favored by schools superintendent Lori Romano.

School Board Member Matt Foreman argued that a collaboration with the county would be more beneficial to the school district.

“(The projects) would provide safety for our students — sidewalks to get to school,” Foreman said. “These are projects that we’ve begged the county to undertake.”

School Board Member John Sweeney said it’s time for the county and school district to work together.

“This will pull the community together like never before,” Sweeney said.

In March, Hernando County commissioners voted to extend for another year a moratorium on education impact fees. The money could have gone toward new school buildings and state-mandated technological upgrades.

A consortium of county business leaders has pledged a $150,000 marketing campaign to promote the tax ahead of November’s elections.

School Board Member Dianne Bonfield dissented, arguing that the tax, also called Penny For Projects, could confuse voters.

“We could do all of these projects going solo,” she said.

gfox@tampatrib.com

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